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At Rs. 40 lakh per MBBS seat, Adesh varsity charges 20-fold

Vishav Bharti , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 11, 2014
First Published: 08:47 IST(11/6/2014) | Last Updated: 08:50 IST(11/6/2014)

Adesh University, Bathinda, is charging ` 40.28 lakh as tuition fee for the MBBS course at the time of admission, even though the Punjab government rules say that students should be admitted in the government quota with a fee of ` 2.2 lakh for the first year. The move to charge five-year fee in one go has upset parents of medical aspirants.

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Unlike in the past, when Baba Fari d University of Healt h Sciences (BFUHS), Faridkot, held centralised counselling for MBBS admissions for the entire state every year, this time Adesh University is holding its own counselling on June 17.

According to a state government notification (March 7) to take MBBS seats out of the government quota — which is 50% of the total seats (based on merit) in any institute — students will have to pay Rs. 2.2 lakh for the first year. The annual fee will keep increasing by 10% in subsequent years, taking the total fee for the five-year course to Rs. 13.42 lakh. Students who will get admission in the management quota will pay Rs. 6.6 lakh in the first year.

However, as per the prospectus of Adesh University, even those who will get admission on merit in the government quota will have to pay fee equal to that for students who will get seats in the management quota. The fee section of the prospectus states that tuition fee of Rs. 6.6 lakh will be charged in the first year from all students except NRIs/ foreign nationals. The fee will keep increasing by 10% in the subsequent years. In the final year, students will have to pay Rs. 9.66 lakh. For the five-year course, the fee works out to be Rs. 40.28 lakh.

The prospectus also states that if a candidate leaves the institute/shifts or migrates to another institute, after the last date of admission (June 18) or on completing the full course, including internship training, due to any reason, the security will stand forfeited. “In addition, he will have to pay the balance fee for the entire course. For this purpose, he/she will have to furnish, at the time of admission, a bank guarantee or surety bond for the amount equivalent to the balance fee of the entire duration of the course along with an affidavit duly sworn in by the candidate and his parents and duly attested by an executive magistrate,” it states.

The Association of Parents of Medical Aspirants, Punjab, has slammed the university for demanding the entire fee of five years in one go.

DEEMED UNIVERSITY HAS 150 SEATS

Earlier known as Adesh Institute of Medical Education and Research, Bathinda, the institute was given the sta-tus of a deemed university and is now known as Adesh University. It has 150 MBBS seats. As per the state gover nment notification, 75 of these seats must be filled by charging tuition fee of Rs. 2.2 lakh in the first year. These seats will be filled on the merit of the All India Pre-Medical Test (CBSE AIPMT-2014).

When contacted, Dr HS Gill, chancellor of Adesh University, said, “We are charging fee as per the Punjab government notification.” In response to a question that as per the notification, the university should charge

Rs 2.2 lakh, he said he didn’t have a copy of the prospectus and would get back after having a look at it.

Vini Mahajan, principal secretary, medical education and research, Punjab, was not available for comment.

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